Islamists set ransom deadline for Norwegian

Philippine jihadists say they will kill resort manager
Islamist militants in the Philippines have set a deadline for ransom to be paid for the life of a Norwegian resort manager and two Canadian tourists.
They say they will kill the three hostages in one month if millions of dollars are not paid, according to a video released on Thursday.
The hostages are being held in the southern Philippine jungles by a local jihadist group, whose Facebook page shows images of the emaciated victims.
Norwegian resort director Kjartan Sekkingstad, Filipina Marites Flor and Canadian tourists John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were seized from yachts in a marina in the southern Philippines in September. An earlier video demands one billion pesos (€19 million) for each of the three foreigners, without mentioning the conditions for Flor’s release.
The captors are likely to be members of Abu Sayyaf, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and are probably holding the hostages on the remote island of Sulu.
AFP / The Local


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